On Campus Notebook: Beckner has strong showing for Ferrum
Zach Beckner (Warren County ’16) is putting together another solid wrestling season for Ferrum College.
The sophomore finished second in the 125-pound weight class on Feb. 10 in the Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament held in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Beckner went 2-1 in the meet with a pin.
The Panthers won the conference title as a team with 100 points, followed by Huningdon (87.2 points) and Greensboro College (65).
Ferrum will host the NCAA D-III Southeast Regional Championships on Feb. 23-24 at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount. The top three wrestlers in each weight class will move on to the NCAA National Championships on March 9-10 in Cleveland.
Last year, Beckner was a D-III national runner-up in the 125-pound class. He became Ferrum’s second All-American wrestler in school history.
For the season, Beckner is 6-1 with two pins. The conference tournament was only his third meet of the season.
Beckner went 3-0 in the 2017 Gator “Boots” Duals hosted by Luther College on Dec. 16 in Nashville, Tennessee. Beckner went 3-0 on the day with a pin. Beckner had one of only two wins for the Panthers in a dual match against Loras College, which was ranked No. 4 in the country at the time.
Ferrum’s Brett Binnix (Warren County ’15) also wrestles at 125 pounds and is 7-15 on the season with two pins. Binnix went 2-2 in the Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament last weekend.
TOP SPIDER: Former Sherando standout Grant Golden continues to lead the way for the University of Richmond men’s basketball team this season.
The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward is averaging 16.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Spiders.
Golden is also averaging 2.2 assists per game for Richmond this season. He has started all 25 games and is averaging 31.1 minutes per contest.
Golden is shooting 48.8 percent (164-for-336) from the field and 27.1 percent (19-for-70) from 3-point range. He is also shooting 65.8 percent (52-for-79) from the free-throw line.
Golden has had 24 points or more seven times this season. He has had four double-doubles this year.
Golden had 24 points, six rebounds and two assists in a 97-88 loss against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 10. Golden was 11-for-19 from the floor.
In a 78-68 victory against George Washington University on Jan. 13, Golden was 10-for-14 from the field with 24 points and four assists.
The Spiders won six of seven games before losing their last two contests. Richmond is 9-16 overall, but 7-6 in the Atlantic-10 Conference. The Spiders are in a tie for fourth in the conference.
Richmond hosts Saint Louis University tonight at 6 p.m.